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June 27, 2006

NBPA top performers - part II

Although several elite prospects missed the camp, the field at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp was so deep in the middle, it was tough to limit the best performers to a top five - so we didn't.

Rivals.com National Basketball Analyst Jerry Meyer scouted the action and is back with the rest of the top ten performers he saw at the event. Here is a breakdown of the second five.

Jai Lucas, Houston Bellaire
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-10
Tourney PPG: 6.8
It's all about winning, and that is what Jai Lucas is all about.

Surrounded by some top prospects at the NBA Players Camp, Lucas only made the likes of Patrick Paterson, James Anderson, Alex Legion, Marcus Morris and others better by setting them up for optimum scoring opportunities as their squad took the championship at the camp.

Although he is a superb ball handler, Lucas rarely over dribbled and gave the ball up in rhythm and precision. He also hit his array of mid-range shots and defended well.

Nayal Koshwal, Chicago Boys to Men Academy
Position: Power forward
Height: 6-foot-9
Tourney PPG: 12.7
Clearly one of the top power players at the camp, Nayal Koshwal was tough to handle around the basket.

With a body ready for high-major competition, Koshwal got his fair share of touches by consistently established prime position in the post and demanding the ball. He scored to both shoulders in the post and also picked up points on the offensive boards to finish as the third leading scorer in the camp.

Koshwal also demonstrated some skill away from the basket, knocking down face up jumpers and handling the ball in the open court after snatching defensive rebounds.

James Anderson, Junction City (Ark.)
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-foot-5
Tourney PPG: 10.3
Continuing to improve throughout the summer, James Anderson's game only got better throughout the NBA Players Camp.

Feeding off Lucas' passing, Anderson made a fair share of three-pointers while also slashing to the bucket for points. Anderson, who is a high energy, 94-foot player, was always out in front in transition to finish plays and also clean up as a rebounder.

Down the stretch of several games, Anderson came up with game winning plays on the defensive end, primarily using his length and quickness to get in passing lanes.

Daniel Hackett, Downey (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Tourney PPG: 11.3
Often overlooked on his powerhouse SoCal All Star team, Daniel Hackett thrived as a scorer as well as serving as a glue player for his squad last week.

As the fifth leading scorer at the camp, Hackett scored in a variety of ways, scoring on physical drives, hitting open threes and scooping up opportunistic buckets off his intelligence and hustle.

Yet more importantly than his scoring, Hackett did all the little things that hold a team together and increase its chances of winning. The USC commitment made the extra pass, chased down loose balls and was always there to help his teammates on defense.

Jamelle Horne, San Diego HS
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-foot-7
Tourney PPG: 10.8
Similar to Hackett, yet more visible because of his size and athleticism, Horne did a number of things well as usual at the camp while also finishing as the sixth leading scorer.

Horne, an Arizona commitment, continues to put his increased size to work by scoring as a post up player. Along with scoring on his smooth jump hook, he is closer to rebounding position and is a threat passing out of the double team.

On the defensive side of the ball, Horne has immense value as a versatile defender and is capable of controlling the defensive boards.

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